Cesc Fabregas has admitted for the first time that he was the one who instigated a move away from Barcelona.
The Spanish midfielder was allowed to leave the Nou Camp after a three-year spell at the club, joining Chelsea in a £27 million deal. It was believed Fabregas was forced out of the club because of Luis Enrique's plans to revolutionise the squad, but the players says that was not the case.
In fact it was very much the opposite. Fabregas says he called Barcelona technical director Andoni Zubizarreta to ask if he could quit the club. Only then did he start talking to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Despite admitting that he instigated the move, Fabregas is adamant that he did his boyhood club a favour by leaving for Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas revealed in an interview with El Pais: "I started to get the idea to go back [to England] after the [Spanish] Cup final.
"I informed the club a week after we lost La Liga. I called Zubizarreta.
"And in response, I felt I was doing them a favour. It was good for me and good for them."
Originally it was expected that Fabregas would rejoin Arsenal. Arsene Wenger had brought the Spaniard through the youth system in north London after convincing him to switch the Gunners for La Masia as a 15-year-old.
Fabregas went on to become a cult figure at the Emirates Stadium, eventually being handed to captain's armband. Despite having a buy back clause, Wenger did not take his chance to re-sign the midfielder.
Arsenal fans were incredulous over Wenger's reluctance to bring their former talisman back. They are growing even more disillusioned thanks to the questionable form of Mesut Ozil, who was labelled as a reason for rejected Fabregas.
However, Fabregas has revealed that he was happy to sign for Chelsea after holding talks with Jose Mourinho. The 27-year-old claimed the offer from Mourinho was his best option.
He said: "An offer from Chelsea arrived. I didn't have a better way out.
"I spoke with Mourinho and he told me the things I needed to hear. I felt valued."
Fabregas has certainly impressed in the early games of his Chelsea career. The Spanish international has already created four goals in the Premier League and is already forming a partnership with Diego Costa.
Having shown he can still cut it in the Premier League, Fabregas is currently the bookies favourite to snatch the PFA Player of the Year award.
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